Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Said There Had Been Gun Shots. I Just Ran out of Work So Fast and Jumped in the Car. I Dumped My Car across the Street. I Didn't Even Park It Properly. I Came into the House and I Just Packed a Bag and Left and Went to Dad's; Neighbours Tell of Fears as Gunshots Reported

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Said There Had Been Gun Shots. I Just Ran out of Work So Fast and Jumped in the Car. I Dumped My Car across the Street. I Didn't Even Park It Properly. I Came into the House and I Just Packed a Bag and Left and Went to Dad's; Neighbours Tell of Fears as Gunshots Reported

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Byline: KATHRYN RIDDELL Reporter kathryn.riddell@trinitymirror.com

FEAR stalks a suburban Tyneside street after neighbours claim to have heard gunshots ringing out.

Armed police have since carried out an "intelligence-led" operation at Eastgarth on the Newbiggin Estate in Newcastle and arrested a "number of people".

Although officers reassured the public that no firearms had been used and nobody was injured, loud bangs had frightened some of those on the street.

Police have now revealed that three men, 32, 46 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences on Thursday evening.

A young mum told how she ran out of work after hearing there had been "gunshots" fired just doors away from where her toddler was sleeping.

Emma Siaens was at work at nearby Kingston Park when she received a frantic phone call from the babysitter who was looking after two-year-old daughter Harper.

The 24-year-old customer service advisor left the office immediately and drove straight home to Newbiggin Hall to make sure her little girl was safe.

She said: "I was at work and I had frantic phone call off my babysitter.

"She said: 'You need to come back, something's happened. But you can't get into the street.' "At first I thought something has happened to my little girl.

"I was really worried. I didn't have a clue what was happening.

"They said there had been gun shots.

"I just ran out of work so fast and jumped in the car.

"I dumped my car across the street. I didn't even park it properly.

"I came into the house and I just packed a bag and left.

"We went to stay with my dad in Throckley.

"The police kept saying it was safe but I didn't feel safe."

One mum, who asked not to be named, said she heard loud bangs and saw cars roar way from a house, before armed police descended on the estate at around 9pm. …

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